Pan American Silver operates three mines in Mexico:
At each of these operations we maintain a positive relationship with the local communities or "Ejidos" which have become both our hosts and to a large extent, our source of local employees, supplies and resources. Pan American's community relations initiatives in Mexico include:
The increasingly arid climate of the Alamos, Sonora area is the main obstacle for the development of community activities that promote economic independence from the mine operations. Pan American Silver is working hard to provide with a novel income option for the surrounding communities: the "Protected Agriculture" project.
Teaming up with the National Institute for Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock (INIFAP), and since 2011, Pan American Silver is carrying out tests to determine what the best species for the existing conditions are and the most successful methods to grow them organically in the area. Protected Agriculture means that crops are protected from the elements in a variety of ways: by using drip irrigation, plants are either grown outdoors, shade-protected or in greenhouses.
"The project will benefit local communities and will give meaning to our commitments to health, safety, environmental responsibility and sustainable development. For this and other reasons, I am proud to be a member of the Pan American Silver family." -Juan Manuel Magallanes D. Eng. Manager Community Relations and Environment, Alamo Dorado
The successful technique will enable the community to independently source its own locally-grown produce and to receive an income by developing the export potential of its crops.